Visiting Places at Surat
In spite of being situated besides one of the seven sacred rivers Tapi (also known as Tapti), this arc-shaped city is not known so much as a pilgrimage town rather recognized as one of the prosperous centre’s of textile and diamond trade.
Ambika Niketan Temple is one of the popular pilgrim spot in Surat. Ambika Niketan Temple, situated on the banks of River Tapti, was built around year 1969. The temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess, who is in the form of Goddess Eight handed Ambika.
The most auspicious occasion at this temple is the Navrathri celebrations, which is conducted with great fervour. There are also shrines dedicated to Ram-Sita, Laxminarayan and Lord Shiva at Ambika Niketan Temple.
Swaminarayan temple is one of the popular pilgrim destinations in Surat. Swaminarayn temple belongs to the Swaminarayan Sect of Vaishnavism, wherein Swaminarayan or Sahajanand Swami is believed to be the incarnation of Narayana of Nara-Narayana. Swaminarayan Temple, situated on the banks of River Tapti, was consecrated in the year 1996. The temple, which has three shrines, is brightly coloured and has intricate wooden carvings on its external walls. The first shrine is dedicated to Harikrishna Maharaj and Radha-Krishna Dev. The 2nd shrine is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, Gunatitanand Swami and Gopalanand Swami and the 3rd shrine is the abode of Ghanshyam Maharaj.
Located just besides the ISKCON Temple, according to the locals, the Ram Temple is quite an old temple. The main presiding deity here is Lord Ram. There are several other shrines dedicated to various other Hindu Gods and Goddess in the premises. I tried to find out more about it on the internet but was unable to trace anything. However, judging from the presence of a large number of locals, one thing is for sure - this temple is locally quite famous!.
Also known as Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple About 15 kms from the railway station and bus station, on the banks of River Tapi is the marvelous residential abode of Lord Shri Shri Radha Damodar.The ISKCON was founded by a devotee of Lord Krishna, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in 1966 in New York.
Address :: Sri Radha Damodar Mandir, ISKCON, Rander Road, Jahangir Pura, Surat-395005.